Cisco, NetApp and VMware have announced early details of theirvirtualised datacentre design architecture, set to be sold through a "mutual ecosystemof partners" that work with all three vendors.
The new architecture is to be based entirely on existingequipment, with Cisco providing switches, including its Nexus and UnifiedCompute (UCS) kit, while VMware brings cloud OS and virtual security products, andstorage input comes from NetApp.
NetApp president and CEO Tom Georgens claimed thearchitecture would provide a "foundation [for] cloud computing."
He added: "[It] will enable enterprises, integrators andservice providers to deliver IT as a service. In this scenario IT becomes adynamic asset that is more efficient and can better adapt to changing businessneeds."
The three amigos will also be offering a co-operativesupport model for "pretested and validated" design architectures to helpcustomers build their own virtualised infrastructure.
Chris Gabriel, solutions and marketing director at Logicalis,one of the Cisco partners set to roll out the new design architecture, said itwould offer end-users more confidence in their investments.
"This design ... offers that all important assurance when itcomes to the customer experience; they'll know up front what their investmentis capable of doing," he said.
"The announcement demonstrates Cisco, NetApp and VMware havethe agility to create new cloud initiatives, and the design with simplify theadoption of cloud solutions for our enterprise and public sector customers," headded.